Tunnel Clones

Tunnel Clones

BandHip HopR&B

Although they have created their own distinct sound, the group's lyrics can be compared to the positive aspects of De La Soul and a Tribe Called Quest, while the production has the similar ingenuity of Gangstar and Jurassic 5, with organic elements reminiscent of Digable Planets.

Biography

World Wide Open is a strong, confident record — densely musical (opening with Steely Dan, closing in Africa, supplying considerable funk in between) with smart, grounded flows and terrific backing vocals. A nice change of pace from the standard-issue style of most Memphis rap.

KEY POINTS OF INTEREST:

• Tunnel Clones headlined the 2008 Presidential Campaign Fundraising Event in Memphis, TN at Obama’s ‘Barack the Vote! Concert’ at the Hi-Tone Café, Friday, February 1, 2008

• Featured in the hip-hop zine ‘Street Masters’ January 2008

• ‘World Wide Open’ voted #3 by Commercial Appeal’s contributing editor Mark Jordan for his ‘Top 10 CD’s of 2007’

• ‘World Wide Open’ also made the Commercial Appeal’s main Editor’s list of ‘Best Memphis Music of 2007’ coming in at #6

• New album also received #7 of 10 in the Memphis Flyer for editor Chris Herrington’s ‘The Year in Memphis Music 2007 Review’

• Radio Campaign starting November 27 and going for 8-10 weeks of radio play to 250 College and CMJ Radio Stations across the U.S. and Canada

• Featured in ‘Relix Magazine’ (12/07, 1/08) as the winner for the Sonicbids/Relix Magazine Jam Off Contest for the Dec07/Jan08 issue, including advertisement and a song from the new album 'World Wide Open' ("In the City") featured on the accompanying compilation, to be distributed to 100,000 Relix Magazine readers

• Tunnel Clones taught high school students workshops on poetry, music and turntablism, as well as performing at the ‘Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking’, aimed at building peace within the community by presenting and implementing new ideas/models of education and action to youths in the surrounding Memphis area (10/26/07) {www.GandhiKingConference.org}

• Performed at the BRIDGES INC. ‘Speak Out For Peace’ Concert 10/26/07 (www.bridgesusa.org)

• Group performed at NORML, Memphis Chapter, Reception (3/23/07)

• Redeye credited for coordinating the opening showcase of the Hip-Hop Immortals Exhibit at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN (9/8/06) Exhibit based on the book 'Hip-Hop Immortals,' by Bonz Malone, expressing photos of various hip-hop legends taken by world renowned photographers

• DJ Redeye produced and remixed the music for the Hip-Hop Immortals Exhibit pod cast, which was the first pod cast ever associated with the STAX Museum (9/8/06)

• Tunnel Clones became the first hip-hop group to perform at the Stax Museum for the Hip-Hop Immortals Exhibit (9/8/06)

• DJ Redeye attended the Remix Hotel Atlanta Conference to give live exhibitions for the Rane Corporation (9/6/06)

• Tunnel Clones featured in the independent film, 'Dollars and Signs' by Brandon Hutchinson (rel. 6/2006)

• DJ Redeye main contact for the Scratch Academy in Memphis, and head instructor for the Scratch Academy Exhibition during the Memphis 2006 NBA Rhythm n' Rims (5/5 – 5/7/06)

• MC Bosco teaching workshops/mentoring members of GIRLS INC. on music/poetry/life 2004 – 2005 (www.girlsincmemphis.org)

• Debut album 'Concrete Swamp' received notoriety from the Memphis Playbook's ‘The Best of 2005, Top 10 Albums of the Year,' placing them 9th in the city--"A refreshing change of pace from the crunk that dominates the local hip-hop scene."

• 'Concrete Swamp' noted in The Memphis Flyer's ‘Top 15 Local Albums of the Year 2005,' receiving the 9th spot-- "Startlingly straightforward. An urban fieldtrip, taking listeners on a musical journey."

• Redeye credited for assisting Scott Bomar, of the Bo-Keys, with parts of the score for the John Singleton movie, 'Hustle & Flow' (2005)

• Group continuously working with and supporting the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (2004-Present)

• Rachi co-wrote poetry book 'Young and Confused' with Orlando J. Smith; features five of his poems (self-published, 2003)

• All group members continuously collaborating with other groups/bands/MC’s in the Memphis area

The Tunnel Clones are a collaboration between two MC's, James "Bosco" Catchings and Deverick "Rachi" Sheftall, and a DJ/Turntablist, Luke "Redeye Jedi" Sexton of the internationally known Memphix Records Crew. Although the three members of the group are from different cultures and diverse backgrounds, they share a similar interest for the love of Memphis Soul music, both underground Hip-hop music and it’s culture, and the positive, conscious Hip-hop Movement that is flourishing in the midst of all the negative light shed upon the genre itself. After chance meetings found them together in Memphis, TN five years ago, the group Tunnel Clones was formed and the trio were eager to share their musical prowess with the native ears of Memphis.

Together, performing for the past five years and still full of energy and creative ideas, the Tunnel Clones are here to express their original and unique style of music. As a whole, the Tunnel Clones have performed with groups like DEAD PREZ, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, ALKAHOLIKS, DEFARI, STONE

Lyrics

Honey and Sunshine

Written By: Tunnel Clones

Lyrics: James ‘Bosco’ Catchings, Deverick ‘Rachi’ Sheftall
Produced by: James ‘Redeye’ Sexton

Chorus:
Honey real sweet from the hive of the bees
Soup on the stove with the pot and the peas
Apples don’t fall too far from the tree
Got my weed tight packed
And my bowls all clean
And if you’re real lucky well top it off with kif
Have a good laugh and sing to these beats
Beats hit the streets with lyrics that meet needs
To free up your stress when having a bad week

From the concrete swamp to the liberal jungle
When it gets hectic conditioned then stay humble
Unique high energy that’s why I love you
Hip-hop where you been
Thought I lost touch of you
Let’s take a trip down memory lane
Where the artists tag walls and the b-boys break
In my case I was trying to land switch kick flips
Doing my thing little shit, skateboard and a chain, but
Its kind of funny how the game done changed
Used to know em as mc’s but now they act strange
Its crunch time baby when I step in the ring
That’s why I give it all I got
All I got to give
Uh, You got to live and let live
That’s a classic in my book and the sound that I miss
These days mc’s is running on chrome rims
Continue to reject the effort that we send
From the underground
We’ll resurrect the sound
Follow me now to a place out where we get down
Here is a taste of the skunk so you not left out
Its quite spiritual, might catch the Holy Ghost
Now you feeling kind of good off the drinks you toast
You got one life, live it to the fullest extent
And I always meet people through the travels I been
And I always meet people through the travels I’ve been
I keep an open mind, twisted, crammed to form sick shit
Burned out lower lip formed by a lit spliff

Chorus:
Honey real sweet from the hive of the bees
Soup on the stove with the pot and the peas
Apples don’t fall too far from the tree
Got my weed tight packed
And my bowls all clean
And if you’re real lucky well top it off with kif
Have a good laugh and sing to these beats
Beats hit the streets with lyrics that meet needs
To free up your stress when having a bad week

Is there a universal society for spaced out niggas Maybe I could be their leader and have them all bring me treasures So what you think You wanna join
You can back me up I'll be the Egyptian Pharaoh And you could be me high priest and such We got skills And we like to use them positively So glance to see Who's running for this presidency it's Bos' and me Tag teaming it constantly We like... When we step in the ring No holds barred 'round here Just the truth is spoken We gotcha eardrums soaked In our lyrical lotion Or love potion Ladies like "OH My God" Dramatically undressing all my peoples From a far it's hypnotic if you think about it On a repetitive basis like your head nodding' back and forth That's where we're aiming To please that is Our own id's first though So no one can say You gotta go

Chorus:
Honey real sweet from the hive of the bees
Soup on the stove with the pot and the peas
Apples don’t fall too far from the tree
Got my weed tight packed
And my bowls all clean
And if you’re real lucky well top it off with kif
Have a good laugh and sing to these beats
Beats hit the streets with lyrics that meet needs
To free up your stress when having a bad week

In the City

Written By: Tunnel Clones

Lyrics by: Deverick ‘Rachi’ Sheftall, James ‘Bosco’ Catchings
Produced by: James ‘Redeye’ Sexton

Yo, How ya'll doin
Call me Rachi
Been feelin a bit cocky
But don't worry that won't stop me
Been doin this shit for years now
It's time to rise and shine
Open ya eyes
And see what's goin down now
Perfection is key
Less means stress on my musical vex
So daily I'm puttin it to the test
Twenty years of prime conditionin
Made this moment here possible
I was classical
But now I rhyme shit that's logical
I'm unstoppable
Chillin on stage with Bosco
Five years and countin
Ain't never heard no bad flow
We destiny’s offspring
Meant for bigger things
Ain't talkin about bling
Or world-renowned fame
I'm speakin of real things
Sharin our music with you people
Rockin a mic with my equal
He’s lethal, Wait for the sequel
Any which way you go from there you know seed was truth
You're Jack, the world’s the giant
And we're the beanstalk

Chorus:
Made the best of the worst when it's put in our face,
We took a chance while you artist just playin it safe,
We feature styles that'll make yo whole world debate,
Rock on anything, dat, cd, vinyl or tape,
We in this city feelin shitty tryin to make our escape,
Rock on anything dat, cd, vinyl or tape.

I spit some venom and a lesson in a sound-proof box
Memphis summers have you sweating standing still on lock
Originality explains how we keep styles hot
Crispy and southern fried so it hits that spot
We had respect before we even step foot in the game
And knew the faces and the feelings so they spoke of the name
And knew we were dead serious in making a change
By the way we carry ourselves when up on the stage
I keep my brain cells moving six million ways
And tonight is feeling good so let Red Eye play
Till the twelve on your watch turns a new damn day
A deep breath to my lungs cause I got lots to say

Chorus:
Made the best of the worst when its put our face
We took a chance while you artist’s just playing it safe
We feature styles that will make the whole debate
Rock on anything dat, cd, vinyl or tape

Were in the city feeling shitty trying to make our escape
Rock on anything dat, cd, vinyl or tape
We In the city feelin shitty tryin to make our escape
Rock on anything dat, cd, vinyl or tape

Discography

Sophomore album 'World Wide Open', released September 25, 2007

Debut album, 'Concrete Swamp', released January 2005

Set List

Sets are anywhere from 20 minutes to 90 minutes long and differ from show to show, generally depending on the length of time the other artists are performing, or if we are headlining the event.